ArmInfo. An event dedicated to the entry into force of the Armenia-EU Comprehensive Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia today. It was attended by members of the executive and legislative bodies of the Republic of Armenia, heads of diplomatic missions, representatives of civil society.
RA Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan, Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia Andrea Wiktorin and RA Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian addressed the event participants with welcoming speeches. "The completion of the ratification process of the agreement and its entry into force is a significant event for the deepening of Armenia-EU relations. The agreement is of great importance for Armenia, as it not only stimulates the implementation of reforms, but is also one of the key pillars of our reform program. It should be noted that the effective implementation of the agreement will have a significant impact on various fields of life and business of our citizens. We understand that the implementation of the best European practices will contribute to the strengthening of democracy, human rights, the development of human capital, will promote cooperation in infrastructure, economy, environment and a number of other areas, "RA Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan said opening the event.
Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia Andrea Wiktorin stressed that the full ratification of the CEPA was the cornerstone of relations between Armenia and the EU, which is ready to help Armenia in the reform process for the benefit of the development of the country and its citizens.
Congratulating the partners on the entry into force of the agreement, Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian praised the efforts of Armenia and the EU working groups in realizing this important achievement. "The Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement covers the broad agenda of our bilateral relations, and also provides a solid legal basis for strengthening and expanding the scope of economic and sectoral cooperation, significantly contributing to the continuation of internal reforms in various areas in the interests of our citizens."
"Speaking about common values, we cannot ignore how these values were suppressed and violated as a result of the use of force against the peaceful people of Artsakh. The large-scale military aggression of Azerbaijan against the population of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) lasted 44 days and created a new unstable situation in the region with all possible negative consequences, "the RA Foreign Minister noted. We did face new problems, but at the same time, our determination to support the realization of the right of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh to self-determination was not undermined. "I want to emphasize that the Agreement on Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership in the context of the settlement of the Nagorno- Karabakh conflict clearly states this right, which is especially important now, since the main goal of the war unleashed by Azerbaijan was to deprive the people of Nagorno-Karabakh of their rights," the minister stressed.
Aivazian drew the attention of those present to the issue of paramount importance for Armenia - the safe return of prisoners of war taken hostage by Azerbaijan, including civilians, including women, highly appreciating the position of the EU in this regard. "We believe that both the EU and the EU member states should speak out more on this matter, since it is not only about regional security and stability, but also about the lives of specific people," RA Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian said.